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bp21901
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

That window sill was tricky enough to require cutting a second tile!! :eek:

I bought a low cost 7" wet saw at HF for this project ~$60. My FIL will also be using it for their kitchen reno in a couple months so it was a worthwhile buy. Works fine as long as I feed the tile slowly. I watched eBay and Craigslist for about 3 months and never saw one for less than $50 so I figured I would spring for the extra $10 (livin' large I am!).

About 1/4 of the way done...only another 9 hours (at my snails pace) to get them all on the wall and then the grouting & sealing...woohoo! :rolleyes:

bp21901
Re: Preferred height of chair rail
woodchip wrote:

bp

You mentioned "final skim coat" in your reply. I am wondering if I should try to skim over my heavy knock-down texture or do as a diy friend suggested and wet then scrape the old knock-down off the wall.

Anyone here have any thoughts?

Thanks

http://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=4429

Here is a link to another thread talking about the same issue as you have. Hope this helps. My "final skim coat" was referring to feathering out the seams and repairs that I had previously fixed with hot mud. A much different scenario than yours.

canuk
Re: Preferred height of chair rail
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That window sill was tricky enough to require cutting a second tile!!

That's acceptable;)

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and then the grouting & sealing...woohoo! :rolleyes:

Oh yeah ... grouting .... not my favorite job:rolleyes: :)

bp21901
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

More progress pic's....
Finished the 14' wall tonight and turned the corner on the short wall until I emptied the mastic bucket. I have the 12' wall and about 3' on the short wall so I guess I'm halfway done setting the tile.

canuk
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

Now you're clipping along.

Say when you finish there come on up to the Great White North .... my kitchen reno could use a tile back splash.... pack a parka.:D

bp21901
Re: Preferred height of chair rail
canuk wrote:

Say when you finish there come on up to the Great White North .... my kitchen reno could use a tile back splash.... pack a parka.:D

Funny you should mention a trip north....
I just had to decline a trip to Quebec City, my passport isn't up to date and I didn't have enough time to get it renewed before the trip. Can't say I was too disappointed to avoid heading so far north this early, July or August would be ok, but not early March!

I'd rather be heading south this time of the year!

canuk
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

Yep ... good thing since they had around 15 inches of snow dumped around that area.:eek:

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I'd rather be heading south this time of the year!

Me to.;)

bp21901
Re: Preferred height of chair rail

Almost got the 12' wall done tonight. Still have to decide how I am going to run them into the door trim. I may make a border the same width as the bullnose that goes on top between the upper cabinet and the door trim. I would then run the diagonals to the border or I may just run the diagonals into the door trim and leave out the border. I'll tape them up tomorrow and see how each looks.

I also have the short wall to finish yet, its about 1/2 way done. Only one more receptacle to cut around. :D I should be able to finish hanging them tomorrow night and then start grouting over the weekend.

You can see the chair rail at the end of the counter. That was what started this thread asking about the height to install it. I made the top of the chair rail flush with the top of the counter to carry the tile all the way to the door trim.

A. Spruce
Re: Preferred height of chair rail
bp21901 wrote:

You can see the chair rail at the end of the counter. That was what started this thread asking about the height to install it. I made the top of the chair rail flush with the top of the counter to carry the tile all the way to the door trim.

Excellent choice!

When you get done with this tile and trim, and canuk's tile and trim, I've got some tile and trim you're welcome to come tackle. You know what they say, practice makes perfect! (hey, don't kill the messenger ... :p;) )

bp21901
Re: Preferred height of chair rail
A. Spruce wrote:

When you get done with this tile and trim, and canuk's tile and trim, I've got some tile and trim you're welcome to come tackle. You know what they say, practice makes perfect! ()

I do need the practice, this is my first tile experience. Although I did get to work the wet saw on another project, somebody else was setting and grouting.

I should have started with your guys projects and learned from all my mistakes before starting my own!! :)

Canuk doesn't have a shot at getting me up there until his temps don't start with a "-". :eek: If you're temps are warmer than here right now (low 50's today) you have a chance!

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